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Christoph P. Fik, Monika Meuris, Ulrich Salz, Thorsten Bock and Joerg C. Tiller Ultrahigh-Aspect Ratio Microfiber-Furs as Plant-Surface Mimics Derived from Teeth Advanced Materials 23

Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201101102

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Ultrahydrophobic surfaces that mimic the surface of a Corokia cotoneaster leaf were created by using cow teeth as natural template. After UV curing of an acrylate resin and removing the template, a highly dense hairy fur-like structure with high aspect ratio could be obtained. Subsequent modification with silica nanoparticles and fluorosilane afforded a water contact angle of some 170°.

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